Art About Music: Guido of Arezzo’s “Guidonian Hand” (c. 991-1033)

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(The Guidonian hand was a widely used mnemonic device used to help singers learn to sight-sing. Guido of Arezzo, a medieval music theorist, described a basic form of the hand in his writings, including his Micrologus. The Guidonian hand was the subject of many medieval music treatises and depicted for the first time in the twelfth century.)

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